Nearly 20 years after he first gathered some of the hottest MCs in the game for the monumental “Self Destruction” posse cut, KRS-One has announced the re-launch of his Stop the Violence Movement. Described as a “multi-dimensional and long-term movement,” the Stop the Violence 2007 campaign will utilize public service announcements from well known artists urging young people to help bring an end to violence in their communities. The spots will also provide a platform for artists with controversial material to address the subject matter of their work and provide a balance to the often violent and misogynistic images they put forth. Some artists who have already signed on to produce PSA’s include Lil Wayne, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Immortal Technique and Doug E. Fresh. “We will have an ongoing presence with celebrity audio and visual PSAs, lectures, youth programs, a CD- soundtrack and film,” KRS explains. “A new ‘Stop the Violence’ Hip Hop anthem is in the works.” Back in 1989, KRS and his Boogie Down Productions crew organized the first incarnation of the Movement, bringing together artists such as Chuck D, MC Lyte, Kool Moe Dee and D-Nice for the song and video “Self Destruction,” in response to the rise in black on black violence. For more information on the Stop the Violence Movement 2007 and to hear a sample PSA, visit http://www.stoptheviolence09.org/.
Boogie Down Productions ft. Various Artists “Self Destruction” (1989)